Something Christians tend to forget…

The body of Christ and its partsHere’s some things that Christians (regardless of their “label”) tend to forget…

• Everyone who claims to be a devoted follower of Jesus does NOT have to be just like us!
• It is wrong to think that because you are not like another very visible, popular and gifted Christian you are not important in the Lord’s work.
• No one who claims to be a Christian has the right to say to another person who claims to follow Jesus, “I don’t need you!”

Want it straight out of the Bible? Here goes…

“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? BUT AS IT IS, GOD ARRANGED THE MEMBERS IN THE BODY, EACH ONE OF THEM, AS HE CHOSE! If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you,’ nor again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you.’ ON THE CONTRARY, THE PARTS OF THE BODY THAT SEEM TO BE WEAKER ARE INDISPENSABLE! … But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. NOW YOU ARE THE BODY OF CHRIST AND INDIVIDUALLY MEMBERS OF IT.” (from 1 Corinthians 12:12–27 ESV)

Good medicine it seems to me for those with “Spiritual inferiority complexes” and those with “Spiritual superiority complexes!” Both are wrong! We need each other! Oh Lord help me to remember (and never forget) the truth of this passage and the importance of EVERY MEMBER in “the body of Christ!”

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